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Welcome to Lizzie Harper’s Website!

An experienced natural history and botanical illustrator, Lizzie’s work appears in books and magazines around the world, on postage stamps and mugs. She lives very happily in Hay on Wye, and works her garden studio surrounded by plants and birds.

Dewberries botanical illustration by Lizzie Harper
Lizzie Harper
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“ I am passionate about the natural world and love learning about the plants and animals I illustrate. ”

Explore my website and discover:

Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris cut to white, sitting
Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

If you’re interested in finding out what I’m working on at the moment, follow my blog or find me on instagram.

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula male
ornithological natural histpry hatural science illustration of the Bullfinch

“ “Botanical artist Lizzie Harper produces meticulous watercolours of flora and fauna in her celebrations of nature” ”

Country Living Magazine

Projects Showcase

“ Lizzie has consistently impressed me with her skill, professionalism and attention to detail ”

Jenny Campbell, Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Galleries

Links to Lizzie's Workshops, Exhibitions, Cards, and Prints

For details of Lizzie’s workshops, exhibitions, and information about greetings cards and ordering prints, click on the links.

Lizzie's latest Posts and Blogs

River management, sketchbooks study, sxs, impatiens, invasives, step by step

Below are some links to Lizzie’s latest blogs and Instagram posts.

elder, elderberry, progression, watercolour, botanical illustration,

This is a Gerbera daisy, Gerbera hybrida, an illustration done a while back.

Originally from South America, Asia, and Africa; these resplendent flowers are incredibly popular both as pot plants and as cut flowers. In fact, they're the 5th most popular cut flower. This one grew in a pot in my bathroom, and was in flower, on and off, for at least 14 years. I loved the way the inflorescences spiralled around the main plant, and put up only one or two blooms at a time.

These daisies are part of the Asteraceae family, and are in fact hundreds of tiny flowers all held together in one flowering head. The outer "petals" are ray florets; the tiny ones in the middle are disc florets. Next time you get a chance, have a close look at a daisy with a hand lens and you'll see how these plants are built.

They contain a compound called coumairn, which discourages animals from eating them. We've co-opted this chemical and use it in the perfume industry as it smells sweet (but tastes unpleasant). Coumairn is closely related to Warfarin, a blood thinner which is used in medical anti-coagulants and (rather less pleasantly) as rat killer - the animals die of internal hemorrhage..

So next time you buy a potted Gerbera plant from your local garden centre or nursery, be filled with awe for all the cool adaptations it has, along with those stunning blooms.

#dasiy #gerbera #botanicalillustration #botanicalart #flowerpainting #coumarin #asteraceae
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This is the Water primrose Ludwigia grandiflora

I've not seen it growing wild so it's one of those challenges when you need to construct an illustration from photos, online images, & written descriptions; & include water plus the correct growth habit.

But there can be a lovely moment with these illustrations, done "blind"; when you do eventually stumble across the plant, you can feel the most tremendous rush of relief if it looks like your illustration...

Saying that, seeing this plant in the wild wouldn't be a particularly happy moment; it's a very successful invasive species, out-competing native aquatic plants and blocking waterways which leads to flooding. It's been banned from sale in the UK since 2014, and if it's found then it's on the "Rapid Response List" which means it's targeted for immediate eradication.

It was done for a fold out idnetification guide for Field Studies Council.

#botanicalillustration #Waterprimrose #Ludwigiagrandiflora #sciart #naturalscienceillustration #aquaticplants #primrose
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This is Common Stork's-bill Erodium cicutarium, one of the plants I've recently illustrated for the Field Studies Council.

It's a really pretty plant, I've seen it on sandy soil near the coast in north Wales, quite a sprawling habit. The one I saw didn't have any of the distinctive seed heads, so it took rather longer than perhaps it should have done to identify it correctly.

It's a cousin of our pot plant geraniums and pelargoniums, although not a Geranium itself. If you let your houseplants bear seed, you can instantly see the similarity in the "beaked" seed heads. Pelargoniums come form South Africa, while the big red geramiums we might have in pots hail from the Mediterranean - Medeira and the Canaries.

I'll post a blog on our native Geranium species at some point, but for now, just join me in being delighted by those gloriously architectural seed pods!

#geranium #storksbill #botanicalillustration #StorksbillErodiumcicutarium #erodium #wildflowers #sciart #naturalhsitoryillustration #identificationguide #identifyingwildflwoers #naturalscienceillustration
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Nature Notebook & The Family Tree

Nature Notebook & The Family Tree

Nature notebooks seem to have run in my family for a long time.  I recently found one completed by my Great aunt Nina, back in 1919, when she was ten.  This got me thinking about all the other artists in my family, and I decided to share some of them, and their artwork. Front cover […] Read more

Original Artwork Available to Buy

Original artwork illustrations for sale

Lizzie has many original illustrations for sale.

In all cases,  email her on info@lizzieharper.co.uk if you’d like to buy one of these natural history paintings, drawings, or studies.

Below is an illustrated list of all her original work currently on sale, divided into framed and unframed categories, and subject matter.

Original artwork illustrations for sale
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  • (UK ) (0)1497 821578 or (0)7714 246 447
  • 11 Church Terrace . Hay-on-Wye . Herefordshire . HR3 5EE . UK
Samon Salmo salar hen fish showing silvery irridescence
Salmon hen natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper
Common lizard Lacerta vivipara in field with grasses buttercup and orchids
Common lizard in field natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

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